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Famous Deaths on April 26

  • 757 Stephen II, Catholic Pope (752-757), dies at 43
  • 1192 Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan, 77th Emperor of Japan, dies at 64
  • 1196 Alfonso II, King of Aragon (1162-96), dies at 39
  • 1444 Robert Campin, first great master of Flemish and Early Netherlandish painting, dies at ~65
  • 1476 Simonetta Vespucci, Italian noblewoman & inspiration of Botticelli, dies at 23
  • 1478 Giuliano de' Medici, Medeheerser of Florence, murdered at ~24
  • 1489 Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese 9th shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate, dies at 23
  • 1558 Jean Francois Fernel, French physician (coined the term "physiology"), dies at 61
  • 1648 Christophe Thomas Walliser, French composer, dies at 79
  • 1660 Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate, German princess & consort of Brandenburg as the wife of George William, dies at 62
  • 1703 Georg Christoph Leuttner, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1716 John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, Lord Chancellor of England, dies at 65
  • 1726 Jeremy Collier, English bishop & theatre critic, dies at 75
  • 1784 Nano Nagle, Irish convent founder, dies at 66
  • 1785 Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff, German composer, dies at 40
  • 1789 Peter Ivanovich Panin, Russian general (Pugatshov-uprising), dies at ~67

  • 1805 Jean-Baptiste-Gaspard d'Ansse de Villoison, French classical scholar (Anecdota Graeca), dies at 55
  • 1827 Bernardo Ottani, Italian composer, dies at 90
  • 1865 Charles J Sax, Belgium musician & father of Adolphe Sax inventor of the saxophone, dies at 74

Person of interestJohn Wilkes Booth

1865 John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor & assassin of US President Abraham Lincoln, shot at 26 by Union soldier Boston Corbett

  • 1881 Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen, Bavarian general, dies at 65
  • 1892 Provo Wallis, British Royal Navy officer, dies at 100
  • 1907 Pietro Platania, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • 1910 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian author "Pa Guds Veje" and Nobel laureate 1903, dies at 77
  • 1920 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (number theory), dies of illness at 32
  • 1922 Hans Sommer, German theatre composer, dies at 84
  • 1924 Josef Labor, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • 1932 Bill Lockwood, English cricketer (43 wickets in 12 Tests for England), dies at 64
  • 1936 Tammany Young, American actor, dies at 49
  • 1938 Edmund Husserl, German philosopher (founded School of Phenomenology), dies at 79
  • 1940 Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65
  • 1941 Jean Demoor, Belgian physician & physiologist, dies at 74
  • 1944 Violette Morris, French athlete & spy for Nazi Germany, dies at 51
  • 1945 Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian politician & general, dies at 71
  • 1945 Sigmund Rascher, Nazi doctor, dies at 36
  • 1946 Hermann von Keyserling, Baltic German philosopher (Unsterblichkeit), dies at 65

  • 1950 G. Murray Hulbert, American politician, dies at 68
  • 1951 John Alden Carpenter, American composer (Sea Drift), dies at 75
  • 1951 Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist, dies at 82
  • 1956 Edward Arnold, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • 1957 Gichin Funakoshi, Japanese martial artist, Father of Japanese Shotokan Karatedo, dies at 88
  • 1958 Joe Small, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder in 1928 series), dies at 65
  • 1958 Joan Collette, Dutch painter, dies at 68
  • 1960 Wander Johannes de Haas, Dutch physicist (Einstein-De Haas effect), dies at 82
  • 1961 Gail Russell, American actress (The Uninvited, Moonrise, Unseen), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 36
  • 1964 Edwin John Pratt, Canadian poet (Towards the Last Spike), dies at 81
  • 1964 Pieter van der Lijn, Dutch geologist (Boulder Book), dies at 93
  • 1965 Aaron Avshalomov, Russian-born Jewish composer, dies at 70
  • 1969 Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist & founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido, dies at 85
  • 1970 Gypsy Rose Lee [Rose Hovick], American burlesque actress (Gypsy), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • 1970 John Knittel, Swiss writer, dies at 79
  • 1970 Paul Celan, Romanian-born writer, dies at 49
  • 1970 Erik Bergman, Swedish pastor, dies at 83
  • 1972 Margaret Bonds, American composer & pianist, dies at 59
  • 1972 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter, dies at 79
  • 1973 Irene Ryan, American actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
  • 1976 Allan Jackson, American newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
  • 1976 Neil McCallum, British-Canadian actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
  • 1976 Sid James [Solomon Joel Cohen], South African-born British character & comedy actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 1980 Cicely Courtneidge, Australian-born British actress (Double Exposure), dies at 87
  • 1981 Jim Davis, American actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies at 65
  • 1981 Madge Evans, American TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 71
  • 1982 Celia Johnson, British actress (Jean Brodie), dies of stroke at 73
  • 1982 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies at 86
  • 1983 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer & Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), dies at 81
  • 1983 Vaughn Taylor, American actor (Jailhouse Rock, Johnny Jupiter), dies at 72
  • 1984 Henry Rowland, American actor (Rogue's Regiment), dies at 70
  • 1984 May McAvoy, American actress (Ben Hur), dies at 82 after a heart attack
  • 1984 William "Count" Basie, American jazz musician & bandleader, dies at 79
  • 1986 Bessie Love, American actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87

Person of interestBroderick Crawford

1986 Broderick Crawford, American actor (All the King's Men, Highway Patrol), dies after a series of strokes at 74

  • 1986 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter, dies at 87
  • 1987 John Ernest Silkin, British politician, dies at 64

Person of interestLucille Ball

1989 Lucille Ball, Americancomedienne (I Love Lucy), dies of heart attack at 78

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
  • 1990 Carlos Pizarro Leongomez, Colombian presidential candidate, assassinated at 38
  • 1991 Emily McLaughlin, American actress (Jessie Brewer- General Hospital), dies at 61
  • 1991 Carmine Coppola, American composer & conductor (The Godfather Part II), and father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies at 80
  • 1991 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (Bugler's Dream), dies at 86
  • 1991 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (26th Premier of New Brunswick), dies at 60
  • 1991 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, dies at 85
  • 1991 Lars Hall, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 63
  • 1992 Alberta Vaughn, American actress (Wild Horse, Silver Devil), dies at 87
  • 1992 Clyde Hartley, American entertainer, dies at 68
  • 1994 Masutatsu Oyama, Founder of Japanese Kyokushin Karate, dies at 70
  • 1994 Manuel Enríquez, Mexican composer, dies at 67
  • 1995 Alexander Knox, Canadian actor & author (Gorky Park, 2 of a Kind), dies of bone cancer at 88
  • 1995 Hugh Morton, Baron Morton of Shuna, Scottish lawyer & judge, dies at 65
  • 1996 Burton Stein, American historian, dies at 69
  • 1996 Stirling Silliphant, American screenwriter, dies at 78
  • 1997 Joey Faye, American comedian (Joey Faye's Follies), dies at 86
  • 1997 Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies at 94

  • 1997 Gene Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1997 John Beal [James Andrew Bliedung], American actor (10 Who Dare, I Am the Law, Les Misérables), dies at 87
  • 1999 Adrian Borland, English musician (The Sound), dies at 41
  • 1999 Jill Dando, British television presenter, dies at 37
  • 2002 Robert Steinhäuser, German spree killer, dies at 19
  • 2003 Rosemary Brown, Canadian politician, dies at 85
  • 2003 Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist, dies at 98
  • 2003 Peter Stone, American writer, dies at 73
  • 2004 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • 2005 Maria Schell, Austrian-Swiss star of German cinema (The Last Bridge, Gervaise), dies at 79
  • 2005 Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan author, dies at 87
  • 2005 Mason Adams, American actor (Lou Grant, Deadliest Season), dies at 86
  • 2007 Jack Valenti, American political advisor & film executive, dies at 85
  • 2011 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter (Poetry Man), dies at 60
  • 2013 George Jones, American country musician (Golden Rings, Oh Lonesome Me), dies from hypoxic respiratory failure at 81
  • 2013 Jacqueline Brookes, American actress (Jack & Mike, Another World), dies at 82
  • 2015 Jayne Meadows, American actress (Dark Delusion, David and Bathsheba) & wife of Steve Allen, dies of natural causes at 95
  • 2017 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), dies at 73
  • 2017 Raj Bagri, Indian-British merchant in metal, dies at 86
  • 2018 Charles Neville, American vocalist & saxophonist (Neville Brothers), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79
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